eircom Group now has Ireland’s largest fibre broadband network

eircom overtakes UPC after connecting 100,000th customer with 15 operators relying on their network for superfast broadband services

David Baker
by David Baker on 31st March, 2014

The eircom group is now the operator of Ireland’s largest fibre broadband network, with a footprint reaching 750,000 homes and businesses.

The broadband, phone and TV provider overtook UPC in the process during the same week that the company connected its 100,000th fibre customer.

As the network is open access, other service providers can use it to offer high speed broadband services and 15 already choose to do so.

Back in November, eircom increased its planned national fibre footprint to 1.4 million homes and businesses across Ireland, up from 1.2 million.

The news follows on from the announcement made by the company a week ago that it would be one of the first to deploy VDSL2 Vectoring technology.

VDSL2 will be part of eircom’s Next Generation Fibre Access Network, offering superfast broadband speeds of up to 100Mbs.

The latest developments mean that 70% of the country across 26 counties will be able to access broadband with speeds of up to 100Mbs.

It means the spread of super fast broadband will be greater, with more homes in provincial and rural areas having access to 100Mbs services.

Around 100 communities in Ulster, 148 communities in Connacht, 276 communities in Munster and 345 communities in Leinster will all benefit from fibre optic broadband.

An additional 82 communities in Dublin will also be included as part of the rollout of broadband services.

Carolan Lennon, managing director of eircom Wholesale, said the company was working on building Ireland’s largest fibre broadband network, a key reason behind continued investment.

“Our ambition is simple – we intend to bring high speed broadband to as many parts of Ireland as is economically viable for us,” she explained.

“The reality is we are bringing high speed broadband to more customers in more communities across the entire country than any of our competitors.”

She added that the network would be capable of speeds of up to 100Mbs and that hundreds of thousands of homes and small businesses could stand to benefit.

Ms Lennon also said that the company is pouring “significant resources” into an effort to win the government’s National Broadband Plan tender.

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